Economic Justice, Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice, Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

Kate Black is currently serving as a Field Representative for Minnesota AFSCME Council 5, AFL-CIO, a labor union which represents workers in public employment and civil services. Kate is originally from Fargo, North Dakota and graduated with a BS in Microbiology and Chemistry from North Dakota State University. As a student, Kate served as a campus organizer with the Feminist Majority Foundation and led a team which worked in coalition with other community organizations to defeat a proposed personhood amendment to the North Dakota state constitution. Kate has also worked with Planned Parenthood affiliate groups in the state in order to facilitate healthy dialogue surrounding reproductive justice in the community, and to garner support for grassroots efforts for the organization at the national level. Kate has also worked with the North Dakota Farmers Union in their successful effort to defeat a corporate farming bill. In similar efforts, Kate led a grassroots campaign to educate around and legally challenge an unconstitutional voter ID law in her home state. During the 2016 election cycle, Kate helped in facilitating rides to polling places for those acting as water protectors during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Kate also served as an Iowa campaign organizer for MoveOn during the 2016 election, focused on grassroots organizing.